Chili with Character ~ No Beans or Beans and Tailgates! ~ By Bonnie Banters

Adapted from Boilermaker Tailgate Chili                                 

Serves 6


  • 1 lb. ground beef chuck (or lean ground beef--chuck will offer the most flavor)
  • 1 medium-large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 (28 oz.) can premium diced tomatoes with juice
  • 3 oz. (1/2 of a 6 oz. can) premium tomato paste (hint: freeze by the TB leftover tomato paste)
  • 2 stalks celery, cleaned & coarsely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, cleaned, cored, seeded & coarsely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, cleaned, cored, seeded & coarsely chopped
  • 1 small jalapeno, cleaned, cored, seeded & minced
  • 1/2 TB bacon bits
  • 2 cubes beef bouillon
  • 1/4 c. beer
  • 1/8 c. chili powder
  • 1/2 TB Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 TB minced garlic
  • 1/2 TB dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. hot pepper sauce (e.g. Tabasco™ sauce)
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar

Suggested Garnishes and Sides

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  1. Over medium-high heat, in a 4 qt. or larger stock pot, brown the ground beef with the onion, breaking up the beef with a wooden spoon as you go.  Drain any excess grease. (With the lean ground beef, if there's any fat at all, you may want to keep it for flavor.)
  2. Stir in the diced tomatoes and tomato paste.  Add the celery, green and red bell peppers, jalapeno, bacon bits, bouillon and beer.  Season with the remaining ingredients.  Stir to blend, cover and simmer over low heat for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally.  
  3. Adjust the salt, pepper and chili powder to taste (I like the recipe just as it is!).  The longer the chili simmers, the better it will taste.  Enjoy hot...refrigerate leftovers; freezes well.

When you're not tailgating, do you let everyone just dish their chili from the stove, or dish it for them in bowls?  Or do you place it on the table, or serve it on a buffet?  However you serve your chili, everyone will have fun choosing their favorite goodies from garnishes and sides served in individual dishes. (A lazy susan would be nice for this.)

By the way, do you enjoy your chili on nachos, a salad, a hot dog, or a baked potato?  Or like me: Just give me a big bowl of chili...

                                                 With All The Goodies...


                                                And I'm a Happy Chick!

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